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Top-5 Russian Fakes about US


Scores of Russian media manipulated statements made by US Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson during his congressional confirmation hearing, claiming that Tillerson named the conditions under which America would be prepared to recognize Crimea as Russian territory. They conveniently ignored the fact that Tillerson agreed that Russia’s annexation of Crimea was illegal and violated Ukraine’s sovereignty. Tillerson did not outline any conditions for such recognition, on the contrary, he said that Russia had no right to take Crimea and the weak response for this action from the US emboldened Moscow.

– US Unhappy with Ukraine, Looking for Poroshenko Replacement (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-us-unhappy-with-ukraine-looking-for-poroshenko-replacement/)

Scores of Russian media disseminated a story alleging that Washington was dissatisfied with the Ukrainian government and was looking to replace President Petro Poroshenko. Relying on so-called anonymous sources and manipulating various statements made by political analysts, those fake stories presented a completely distorted picture of US-Ukraine relations.

– White House Admits Russia Sanction Policy a Failure (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-white-house-admits-russia-sanction-policy-a-failure/)

The Russian website Ukraina.ru declared that the White House has announced its sanctions policy against Russia to be a failure. In an article entitled “State Department clarifies its position on Ukraine after Trump victory” the site quoted White House spokesman Josh Earnest out of context and created the impression that the US was admitting defeat in its sanction policy.

– American Snipers in the Donbas (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-american-snipers-in-the-donbas/)

Russian media was awash with stories that American snipers  were fighting on the Ukrainian side in the eastern occupied territories.  The source for that claim was the intelligence service of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and its spokesman Eduard Basurin.

On October 10  Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak met with US Senator Joe Donnelly to discuss US support for Ukraine, however there was no mention of any US snipers working in the war zone.

– US Accuses Ukraine of Genocide against Its People (http://www.stopfake.org/en/fake-us-accuses-ukraine-of-genocide-against-its-people/)

Russian media disseminated a story claiming that during a meeting with business leaders US President Donald Trump accused Ukraine of waging genocide against its own people. Donald Trump allegedly made this accusation during a business roundtable, which was reported by CNN radio, Russian sites claimed. However, CNN never ran such a report anywhere, not on radio, on television or their website.

Source: http://www.stopfake.org/en/top-5-russian-fakes-about-us/

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